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Breakfast Burger

A woman holding a wooden tray with 3 breakfast burgers topped with eggs.
Breakfast burger. Yep. It's a thing. Actually, it's a truly magnificent thing. And reading about it simply doesn't do it justice. Nowhere near. You gotta experience it.
Joy Wilson

Prep 25 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 45 mins
Breakfast
American
6 servings
1096 kcal

Ingredients 

For the sauce

For the breakfast burgers

  • 1 pound 80% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound spicy Italian sausage (about 2 1/2 links) casings removed
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 6 slices sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 6 brioche buns or English muffins, toasted
  • 6 large eggs fried as desired
  • 6 slices cooked bacon cut in half
  • 6 slices tomato
  • 6 whole iceberg lettuce leaves

Directions 

Make the sauce

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, salt, and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to assemble the burgers.

Make the breakfast burgers

  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, use your hands to combine the beef, sausage, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Gently shape the beef mixture into six 4-ounce (113-g) patties that are about 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large cast-iron skillet or on a stovetop griddle on medium-high heat. Cook the burgers, 3 at a time, pressing with the back of a spatula, to your desired doneness—about 4 minutes per side for medium doneness—juicy, but cooked through. During the last minute of cooking, top each patty with a slice of cheese. Transfer the burgers to a plate. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet or griddle and repeat with the remaining patties. At this point, feel free to enlist someone else to do some egg frying for the topping process.
  • Spread both sides of the toasted buns with some of the sauce. (This sauce also serves as an excellent dipping sauce should you happen to whip up some sweet potato fries.) Place the cheeseburgers on the bottom halves of the buns. Top each with a fried egg, 2 pieces of bacon, a slice of tomato, lettuce, and the top bun. Get your fork and knife ready—you’ll need them. And napkins. Lotsa napkins.

Notes

*Can I make breakfast burgers ahead of time?

Part of the charm of these breakfast burgers is that they're perfect for, you know, the morning after Saturday night. If that's the case, you might not want to spend too much time in the kitchen grilling and frying. You can definitely make the burger patties ahead of time and grill when you're ready. The patties can sit in the fridge overnight or you can freeze them for up to 3 months. The bacon can be made up to a day ahead and stashed in the fridge, too. And if you really want to get out ahead of that Sunday morning brunch, all the fixings can be prepped ahead, too.